Monday, November 30, 2015

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Radiation therapy has transformed breast cancer treatment over the last 40 years by enabling women with small, early-stage tumors to opt for breast-conserving lumpectomies instead of mastectomies.
Despite advances in treatment, finding smaller tumors linked to better results
Deb Gleason has had surgery for breast cancer twice. She had breast-sparing surgery on her left side in 2000 and a double mastectomy in 2012 when cancer returned on the right.
By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - When celebrities' health problems make the news, media reports help shape public knowledge about those conditions...
Doctors shouldn't automatically rule out less invasive surgery plus radiation
African American women are less likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer than white women, yet are more likely to die of the disease.
Steve Sewell hadn't given much thought to forgiveness until he started visiting his friend Ouida Coley while she was getting treatment for metastic breast cancer.
Scientists found there were differences between primary and recurring tumors
Odds were reduced 68 percent in large Spanish review, but longer-term follow-up studies are needed
If you haven’t gotten this message already, you should heed it now: The benefits of screening for breast cancer are limited. We should be doing fewer screening mammograms, not more.
Researchers report that expansion of Medicaid coverage is improving access to mammograms
Researchers call for removing obstacles to breast-feeding in home, community and workplace
In years past, rate for whites exceeded that of blacks, but that gap is gone, American Cancer Society says
European study found odds for the disease rose along with daily consumption
Early stage invasive tumors more readily spotted at larger facilities, study says
Certain milk duct tumors more likely to become invasive at 60 than 50, experts say
Doctors at several leading U.S. cancer hospitals say most women should get exams starting at 40, not 45
High-dose therapy showed same survival rates as longer course of standard radiation
Previous recommendation was 40; new guidelines place greater emphasis on approach of menopause
Doctors shouldn't automatically rule out less invasive surgery plus radiation
Doctor recommends honest discussions to alleviate distress
Black or Hispanic women are more likely to be diagnosed later, go without recommended treatments
Checks should be done once a month, doctor recommends
Lumpectomy plus radiation results in nearly 90 percent survival over 10 years, study says